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IT Management From Our Research Center Don't Buy 'Stupid Stuff:' Essential Advice for Technology Purchasing
School districts have more digital devices on their hands than ever before. Here's what they can do to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Mark Lieberman, July 20, 2021
8 min read
Budget & Finance Letter to the Editor Don’t Knock Schools for Cautious Spending
School district leaders must navigate many complexities as they seek to invest federal recovery funds, says this letter to the editor.
June 1, 2021
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An Issaquah School District school bus waits at an intersection near where a rally to encourage wider opening of in-person learning was being held on Feb. 24, 2021, in Issaquah, Wash.. Students in kindergarten and lower-elementary grades recently returned to school in the district under a hybrid in-person learning program, but older elementary, middle-, and high school students are still being taught remotely.
A school bus waits at an intersection near the site of a rally in February to encourage wider opening of in-person learning in the Issaquah School District in Issaquah, Wash. Transportation costs for students with special needs this year dipped because of remote learning.
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Budget & Finance Spending on Special Ed. in Some Districts Plunged This Year. Budget Cuts Could Be Next
Schools faced unprecedented challenges delivering instruction and support to students with disabilities this year—and the costs of providing those services evolved as well.
Mark Lieberman, May 4, 2021
7 min read
School & District Management Making Decisions Is Harder Than Ever. How District Leaders Can Manage Tough Calls
Three superintendents discuss strategies that guide their decisionmaking process amid volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
Kevin Bushweller, April 27, 2021
11 min read
West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school as students return for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 31, 2020.
West Jefferson High School seniors get their temperature checked before entering the Harvey, La., school.
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Budget & Finance FEMA Will Cover Some COVID-19 Staffing Costs for Schools
FEMA is offering to reimburse the costs of pandemic expenses for work performed after Jan. 21. Here's how to get your district's share.
Mark Lieberman, April 19, 2021
3 min read
Image is an illustration of a school receiving financial aid.
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Budget & Finance Will FEMA Reimburse Schools for COVID-Related Costs? Here's What We Know
Numerous school districts are getting millions of dollars less than they expected from the feds for pandemic-related emergency costs.
Mark Lieberman, April 8, 2021
10 min read
COVID Fiscal Rainy Day
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Budget & Finance District Savings Are Running Dry Amid COVID-19, Putting Some Schools in Dire Straits
Some of the nation's poorest districts, many of them mostly Black and Latino, scratch to meet pandemic-driven needs with little in the bank.
Daarel Burnette II, March 23, 2021
10 min read
Illustration of a helping hand with dollar bill bridging economy gap during coronavirus pandemic, assisting business people to overcome financial difficulties.
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Education Funding Nearly Half of School Finance Officials Report 'Sufficient' Federal COVID-19 Aid, For Now
A survey of local K-12 administrators also found "addressing learning loss" and ed-tech to be primary uses of relief dollars.
Andrew Ujifusa, March 5, 2021
5 min read
Assessment Inside a Procurement Dispute in North Carolina
North Carolina officials' switch in reading-test vendors just weeks before the new school year got underway is spotlighting the often murky process of contracts and procurements for K-12 services.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 20, 2019
4 min read
Budget & Finance Leader To Learn From In Wary Community, Finance Chief Builds Strong Case for K-12 Investment
In the Ossining, N.Y. school system, Assistant Superintendent for Business Alita McCoy Zuber pairs her powers of persuasion with cost-conscious budgeting to help plan the financial future of a growing school district. She is a recognized as a 2015 Leader To Learn From.
Arianna Prothero, February 24, 2015
7 min read
IT Management Tech. Tools for Managing Schools Face Stagnant Market
Purchases of technologies that help power districts' administrative and operational functions have lagged, although some observers predict a rebound in the near future.
Benjamin Herold, June 9, 2014
5 min read
Education Funding Striking a Balance in Evaluating Teacher Buying
Some states are enacting policies that give teachers a bigger role in what products and materials they use in the classroom.
Jason Tomassini, December 4, 2012
2 min read
Jennifer Allen: Central-office power comes from providing a service that principals need.
Jennifer Allen: Central-office power comes from providing a service that principals need.
School & District Management Job Roles Shifting for Districts' Central Offices
In "portfolio" districts, responsibilities that once rested at the central office are falling to principals, who may be operating magnet schools, charter schools, or neighborhood schools with varying levels of autonomy.
Christina A. Samuels, July 17, 2012
7 min read
Federal USDA to Probe Companies Running School Cafeterias
A federal audit will investigate whether food-service-management companies are pocketing the rebates from food suppliers.
June 14, 2011
7 min read